Six graduate from BLET Academy at Beaufort County Community College

Published 3:43 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2022

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Beaufort County Community College held a graduation ceremony for the spring 2022 Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy on May 19. Derek Bowie of Bethel, Davis Bradley of Manteo, David Plasencia Garcia of Washington, Cameron Teague of Washington, Noah Turbitt of Kill Devil Hills and Jacob Williams of Washington were honored at the ceremony.

Teague was the first student in the program to get sponsored through the National Park Service, noted a BCCC press release.

Chief William Chrismon of the Beaufort County Community College Police Department was the guest speaker for the class. Garcia, who served as president of his law enforcement class, also delivered remarks. Garcia is already employed through the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department.

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Other students are employed through the Washington Police Department and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, stated BCCC.

“The BLET program gives students essential skills for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal agencies, or with private enterprise,” stated a BCCC press release. “The program uses state commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations.”

Successful graduates of the program receive a certificate and qualify to take certification examinations mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

The next BLET academy starts on August 16. According to BCCC, students can have a law enforcement agency sponsor them or the program is covered under the Beaufort Promise, meaning that students will have their tuition and fees covered. The program will hold registration sessions during which an instructor will answer questions and hand out packets that applicants must fill out before admission into the program. Sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. on June 20, July 11 and August 1.

For more information, contact Larry Barnes, BLET director, at 252-940-6228.